Sports Stories Reading Comprehension

Free printable reading comprehension stories with a sports theme. Print the reading passage for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz game. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up

Who is Tom Longboat?

Tom Longboat, a member of the Onondaga First Nation, was always fast. Born in 1887, he learned to run as a young boy on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. He ran long distances every day to get to school, work, or to visit his family and friends.

People couldn't believe how fast Tom could run. He once gave his brother a 30 minute head start driving a horse and buggy to a town 25 miles away. Tom ran and arrived first!

In 1905, at the age of 18, Tom Longboat began competing in international marathons and major sporting events, including the Olympics. He won the Boston Marathon in 1907 with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds, breaking the previous record by five minutes. The Boston newspaper said he was "the most marvelous runner who has sped over our roads."

Running was sometimes the easiest part of his life. As an Aboriginal athlete, life was hard. Other people tried to control how he trained and where he raced. But he chose to rely on his own traditions, mind and body and never backed down.

The spirit of Tom Longboat lives on. Every year, the most outstanding Aboriginal athlete in Canada is recognized with the Tom Longboat award.

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When was Tom Longboat born?
1887 Where did Tom Longboat place in the 1907 Boston Marathon?
first How did Tom Longboat get to school?
by dog sled
He ran.
by bus
He ran. Which country awards the Tom Longboat award to Aboriginal athletes?
United Kingdom
United States
Canada Tom Longboat ran 25 miles in a faster time than his brother took in a horse and buggy.
It doesn't say in the story.
True Where was Tom Longboat born?
Cowichan Reserve in British Columbia
Six Nations Reserve in Ontario
Six Nations Reserve in Ontario What was Tom's time to complete the 1907 marathon?
2 hrs 24 mins 24 secs
2 hrs 20 mins
24 hrs 2 mins 24 secs
2 hrs 24 mins 24 secs Who is Tom Longboat?
a gold medal swimmer
a famous Aboriginal marathon runner
an actor
a famous Aboriginal marathon runner

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